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  • Why Microsoft’s $6.2bn writedown probably isn’t a harbinger of doom

    Microsoft's US$6.2-billion writedown for internet advertising company aQuantive has the press talking about "big oops moments" and "Bing Internet Web Woes". It also has people speculating that it could also write off Nokia. But is it all that bad? The short-term answer is yes. It effectively means that the Redmond-based tech giant won't post a profit this financial quarter. Analysts had previously predicted that Microsoft would post a US$5.3-billion profit. It also means that Microsoft failed to equal Google in the online advertising game. That's not good for company morale when, as The Wall Street Journal notes CEO "Steve Ballmer,...

  • In-app mobile advertising spend to soar by 2015

    As more people opt to use their mobile devices for access and content consumption, brands are catching on. A recent report from Juniper Research says that in-app advertising spend across all mobile devices will reach US$7.1-billion by 2015. This significantly larger than the US$2.4-billion they're expected to spend in 2012. North America and Western Europe will account for 60% of total advertising spend by 2017 and advertising spend on mobile messaging to increase eight-fold by 2017. "The increasing spend on in-app ads will be driven by greater use of rich media in ads allied to greater app usage. This growth,...

  • Is your Chrome broken? Here’s a solution

    Chrome is the world's most popular browser, so when something goes wrong the web's bound to kick up a bit of a fuss. On Tuesday, users around the world started having issues with one of Chrome's standout features. When typing their search queries into their address a number of users were directed to a blanks page. Anyone else seeing odd blank.html pages showing up in google results path when you search in Chrome?— Chris O'Rourke (@chrisorourke) July 3, 2012 Strange @google #chrome bug still unexplained. Looks like it's replaced l #IE in more ways than one... thenextweb.com/google/2012/07…— Andrew Walker (@Killdozer)...

  • Meffy awards set to highlight mobile content & commerce innovators

    In case you haven't heard, mobile is kinda a big thing -- and it's only going to get bigger. Mcommerce is set for a growth spurt, as global mobile payment transaction values are predicted to increase 61.9% from 2011 to hit US$171 billion by the end of the year. Mobile startups are selling for billions and mobile app developers are in hot demand. In order to find and showcase the greatest innovators in the mobile content and commerce industry, the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has opened nominations for the 9th annual Meffy awards. The awards are judged by an...

  • 2oceansvibe radio divorces audio streaming provider NetDynamix

    Following an audit, 2oceansvibe Media has announced that it will be parting ways with its streaming provider, NetDynamix. In a statement issued today, 2oceansvibe said that the decision to part ways come after “gross inconsistencies” were discovered between the audited figures and those given to it in the past by NetDynamix. Stream and stats analysis will be taken over by Triton. The internet radio station calls the newly released audited figures “a massive shock when seen alongside the originally claimed stats”, but that the audit group still represents “opinion leaders and decision makers.” 2oceansvibe will continue to offer current pricing structures to...

  • 7 costly social media mistakes you must avoid making

    When it comes to the huge social web, various digital marketing professionals cannot help making mistakes with social media marketing. In their pursuit to promote their latest campaign, and to embrace this buzzing new medium, they keep on forgetting everything that they have learned about marketing. They are also ignoring the baseline rules and assume that this "one" time won't really matter. To be honest, it does. Especially to the audience they're trying to reach and engage with. With any new marketing method, mistakes are bound to happen. If you are into marketing and want to start using social media...

  • 11 tips for using social media to find your next job

    According to a recent report from ABC News, 80% of today's jobs are landed through networking -- social networking being the main reason for this. In recent years, we have all seen the rapid development of social media; from Facebook check ins to pinning your favourite interests. Everything about everyone seems to be available online. This has been the catalyst for a dramatic change in the recruitment process. From multinational organisations to small local businesses, the change has been evident across all levels. Employers are sick of dishing out thousands on recruitment agencies: instead, they are using the power...

  • Apple pays Proview $60m to settle iPad trademark case

    The battle between Apple and the Chinese company, Proview, has finally reached its conclusion. According to a report by AP, Apple has agreed to pay Proview US$60 million to settle a spat relating to the ownership of the iPad trademark. "The iPad dispute resolution is ended," reads a statement by the Guangdong High People's Court. "Apple Inc. has transferred $60 million to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter." The quarrel turned to a brawl in February this year when the Chinese court ordered a halt on iPad sales despite Apple’s protest that it bought...

  • Millenials and the resistance to tech’s creepy stalker vibes

    Love tech? Of course you do, you're reading Memeburn. Thing is, even if you were born after the mid 1970s, you're probably afraid of at least one aspect of technology. According to Melanie Sheffler, editor-in-chief of YPulse magazine, most millenials -- also known as Generation Y -- are afraid that technology is "becoming something of a creepy stalker". "There’s no question that millennials are tech-savvy -- they'’re even occasionally called '“digital natives'” because technology and digital media have been a part of their lives since birth. But we’re seeing a little backlash despite all the benefits because technology is...

  • One second is all it takes to knock the ‘internet’ out of whack

    All it takes to cause chaos on the internet, is adding a 'leap second' to the atomic clock. For a few terrible minutes, people the world over could not check-in on Foursquare, Reddit stuff and Instagram their pretty pictures. According to the online furore, it seems some of the internet's stalwarts which included the Linux operating system and the Java application platform just couldn't take the the extra second. After the scheduled extra second was added to the clock on Saturday to align it with the Earth's current rotation, many websites such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare, Amazon, Reddit, Mozlila, Yelp...

  • CheqOut set to disrupt African mobile payments industry

    CheqOut, launching today, will allow anyone with an iPhone -- and later an Android phone or BlackBerry — to accept credit card payments, by swiping cards through a plug-in card reader. While CheqOut is similar to Square (Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s juggernaut electronic payment service) CheqOut is tailored for the African market. “We've done our research and adapted the Square concept for Africa. Our main focus has been on catering for the rich diversity of mobile handsets. Tablets still represent a tiny amountvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Must watch: Faux startup Vooza pokes fun at startup culture

    Gameface solemnly shelved, Ventureburn takes a breath to celebrate two videos that brilliantly spoof our bizarre and wonderful startup culture. The first video, released recently, sees an anodyne narrator — tongue firmly in cheek — hazily describe its fictitious (we think?) company called Vooza, while bandying about buzz terms like “crowdsourcing”, acronyms like API and S3, and hip development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails. There’s name dropping by means of tech investor slash celebrity, Ashton Kutcher and a mention of startup incubator, Y Combinator var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Samsung Galaxy S III sales set to top 10 million in July

    Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, is a hit among consumers, and Samsung expects it to hit cumulative sales of 10 million units this July, according to the firm’s Head of Telecommunication Business Shin Jong-Kyun. Samsung launched the Galaxy S III — considered to be the Apple iPhone 4S’ main competition — on May 29 in Europe and 7 June in South Africa. Samsung is now planning to include more emerging markets as part of its global roll-out, to double its smartphone sales to 200 million devices. As of May, Samsung has reached 28 markets across Europe and...

  • Tech wars: 5 battlefronts that show it’s more than just Google vs the world

    It seems that with every mid-year tech product announcement, the battle lines become even more drawn out and GigaOm reckons it’s starting to look a lot like Google vs The World. Now that the Glass fanfare is starting to die down it’s plain to see that Google isn’t the only company that has quite a few battlefronts, against formidable foes, to cover. Let’s discuss a few: 1. The platform war Android vs iOS; and to a smaller degree vs Blackberry OS 10 and Microsoft OS vs Chrome OS. iOS users spend more money on apps and in-app purchases; and online...

  • 4 ways to make yourself seem way cooler online than you really are

    The other day I received a tweet from an extremely beautiful woman. I followed her instantly, because the comment she had sent me was profound, of course, not because of her striking resemblance to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Imagine my surprise when my research indicated that this uncanny likeness was caused by the fact that the woman's avatar was indeed a pic of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and that the woman was actually an overweight middle-aged housewife. Her tweets instantly seemed far less profound and I unfollowed her, of course. But it taught me an important lesson, which is that...